Teacher morale is improving, but more can be done to address mental health needs

Following a significant decline as a result of the pandemic, teacher morale appears to be improving, according to the second annual Merrimack College Teacher Survey, commissioned by the school’s Winston School of Education and Social Policy. However, results also suggest there is more work to […]

Schools can be affirming, safe places for LGBTQ youth amid book ban disputes 

Public, sometimes vitriolic, debate surrounding student access to books that positively portray lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) characters can have negative impacts on children’s mental health and well-being, even if they don’t attend schools in districts where these conversations are taking place.   “Even […]

Students are struggling with burnout, stress, anger and depression, parent survey finds

A recent survey of 2,000 parents of school-aged children revealed significant concerns around their child’s mental health and desired supports. Seventy percent of respondents felt their child is experiencing more burnout than they are and six in 10 parents have noticed their child coming home […]

One district’s efforts to improve mental well-being of all staff

Recognizing the importance of addressing employee mental well-being, Chula Vista Elementary School District is moving to improve teacher and staff services on campus for its 3,000 staff comprising teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodians and more. Through a new partnership with Campus Clinic — a preventative […]

California officials announce free trauma-informed training for educators

The Office of the California Surgeon General will release in late June a free, two-hour online professional learning module designed to help early care and education personnel respond to trauma and stress in children. The goal is to provide greater awareness of the impacts of […]

California schools see reductions in fights, increasing sense of safety, in pre-pandemic study

Safety measures including school victimization, weapon involvement and school climate were tracked for nearly two decades for a recently released UCLA study. Published in the World Journal of Pediatrics in March, “An eighteen-year longitudinal examination of school victimization and weapon use in California secondary schools,” […]

New report highlights factors needed for strong MTSS implementation

New report highlights factors needed for strong MTSS implementation Local needs, strong leadership and relationships are all at the center of proper implementation of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), according to a new report from the University of California, Los Angeles’ Center for the Transformation […]

Sacramento COE leaders detail plans to expand mental health access in every school

Cooperation and building understanding should be key aspects of any attempt to expand and align youth mental health supports across a county, experts said during a recent panel discussion on an innovative collective-impact approach to reimagine mental health care taking place in Sacramento schools. The […]